Models, Drawings, GNSI

Drawing and Model by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Images courtesy of CMoG and Cornell Univ. Do you remember when natural history museums first came into vogue? Neither do I, but history does. Consider what you find in such a museum today: skulls and skeletons, rocks and minerals, taxidermied animals and bird skins. Jellyfish and fresh flowers......wait. No. Because invertebrates and plant materials lose their integrity-color and form-quickly. From 1863 to 1890, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka immortalized specimens in glass for museums and university students, and Rudolf held my dream job of traveling the world, drawing unusual specimens on site to later transform into glass with his father, Le